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Beware of Online Dating Scams

Beware of Online Dating ScamsNew research looks at a new form of cybercrime involving online romantic dating services.

Experts say the crimes are often under-reported with victimized participants suffering monetary and emotional scars.

A new article in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking suggests that 230,000 people have been victimized in England alone.

Moreover, researchers believe that more than $60 billion is spent each year for services that are fraudulent.

In the study, Monica Whitty, Ph.D., of the University of Leicester, UK, and Tom Buchanan, Ph.D., of the University of Westminster, London, document the rapid growth in these serious crimes and how cybercriminals pursue and steal from their victims.

Researchers discovered that the online dating scammers pretend to initiate a romantic relationship through online dating services and then defraud their victims of large sums of money over a period of months or longer.

“This crime is very serious and unfortunately often overlooked. The costs to the victim are both hidden (emotional) and more visible (monetary),” said Brenda Wiederhold, Ph.D.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Beware of Online Dating Scams

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Beware of Online Dating Scams. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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